“A tweet forced an elderly couple to flee their home and move into a hotel room after director Spike Lee incorrectly circulated to his 250,000 followers that their address was that of Trayvon Martin`s shooter, George Zimmerman.
Since the tweet went out, Elaine and David McClain, 70 and 72, have gotten hate mail and unwanted visitors. Their son told the Orlando Sentinel they left to avoid the spotlight and possible danger.
Lee apologized in a tweet sent late Wednesday: `I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain`s In Peace.`”
Spike Lee is a respected director of such iconic films as “Do the Right Thing”, but his best days are behind him, and now he is best known for jumping up and down at the sidelines of Knicks games like an idiot.
But even a 3rd rate celeb wields a lot of power, and Spike should be careful about every word he tweets. It was irresponsible and bone-headed for Spike to tweet what he believed to be George Zimmerman`s address. Lee has hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers, and one of them might be unhinged enough to interpret his tweet as an invitation to bomb or burn down the house located on that address.
Lee put the lives of the elderly couple in danger, and he forced them to move away from a home that they love and have lived in for years.
Lee`s apology is too little too late; I hope the McClains sue the pint-sized director for millions. I would urge Americans to boycott Lee`s films, but his last few movies have bombed at the box office.
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